My broader research agenda derives from a passion for better understanding the impact of historical events on a variety of political outcomes.
In my dissertation, I am pursuing a number of open questions concerning the legacy of traumatic events on subsequent political thought and action. For instance: Do past traumatic episodes engender durable political generations? Might such periods of trauma leave invisible scars on those not directly impacted by the violence? Through an examination of these and other questions, my dissertation builds on and extends both the theoretical and empirical literature on conflict legacy.
A related strand of my research explores the long-run impact of conflict exposure on state capacity, economic development, and culture. Another line of inquiry examines whether and how nostalgic recollections of the past warp individual perceptions of their present.
A rigorous examination of these issues has required the use of diverse sources and methods. I have been able to leverage archival, geospatial, and public opinion data to identify rich conditional associations. Survey experiments have facilitated more precise causal identification. Finally, extensive fieldwork and natural language processing techniques have allowed me to pursue specific causal mechanisms.
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